Menifee man, “prominent member” of Hemet church, arrested in child molest case

MENIFEE, Calif., — Authorities say a Menifee man, who they described as a “prominent member” of a Hemet church, was arrested in a child molestation case involving a young teen yesterday, Tuesday, Nov. 2.

The alleged suspect, 47-year-old Noel Ramos, was taken into custody during the service of a search warrant at his Menifee residence according to Menifee PD; who have said they believe there may be additional victims who have not yet come forward.


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Menifee Police Detectives began looking into the allegations against Ramos after a 15-year-old girl disclosed that she had been the victim of ongoing sexual abuse. She told detectives the abuse had been occurring at Ramos’ residence over the last year, according to Menifee PD.

“The victim disclosed to detectives that a known suspect committed lewd acts against her on several occasions at his
Menifee residence, within the last year,” department officials explained.

Noel Ramos, 47, of Menifee, was arrested for the alleged ongoing sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl. He has been associated as a prominent member of Iglesia Cristiana Armonia Y Gracia church in Hemet, leading detectives to believe there could be additional victims who have not yet been identified. Menifee PD photo

At around 7:20 yesterday morning, department officials served a search warrant at Ramos’ home in the 32800 block of Heversham Court. 

During the warrant service, officials contacted and arrested Ramos without incident.

Although officials said Ramos was booked into the Cois Byrd Detention Center in Murrieta on suspicion of assault with intent to commit rape, due to the Sheriff’s inmate website and log being down his additional charges and bail amount were not immediately available.

Officials have since reported that due to the fact that Ramos is a prominent member of Iglesia Cristiana Armonia Y Gracia church in the City of Hemet, as well as the nature of the charges against him, they believe there could be additional victims who have not yet been identified or interviewed.

“Detectives are trying to find out more information or talk to other potential victims,” said officials.

If you believe you or someone you know may have been victimized by Ramos, please contact the Menifee Police Department at (951) 677-4964. Information may also be left anonymously by calling the department’s Crime Tip Line at (951) 723-1600.

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Trevor Montgomery, 50, moved in 2017 to the Intermountain area of Shasta County from Riverside County and runs Riverside County News Source (RCNS) and Shasta County News Source (SCNS).

Additionally, he writes or has written for several other news organizations; including Riverside County-based newspapers Valley News, Valley Chronicle, Anza Valley Outlook, and Hemet & San Jacinto Chronicle; the Bonsall/Fallbrook Village News in San Diego County; and Mountain Echo in Shasta County. He is also a regular contributor to Thin Blue Line TV and Law Enforcement News Network and has had his stories featured on news stations throughout the Southern California and North State regions.

Trevor spent 10 years in the U.S. Army as an Orthopedic Specialist before joining the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department in 1998. He was medically retired after losing his leg, breaking his back, and suffering both spinal cord and brain injuries in an off-duty accident. (Click here to see segment of Discovery Channel documentary of Trevor’s accident.)

During his time with the sheriff’s department, Trevor worked at several different stations; including Robert Presley Detention Center, Southwest Station in Temecula, Hemet/Valle Vista Station, Ben Clark Public Safety Training Center, and Lake Elsinore Station; along with other locations.

Trevor’s assignments included Corrections, Patrol, DUI Enforcement, Boat and Personal Water-Craft based Lake Patrol, Off-Road Vehicle Enforcement, Problem Oriented Policing Team, and Personnel/Background Investigations. He finished his career while working as a Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Investigator and was a court-designated expert in child abuse and child sex-related crimes.

Trevor has been married for more than 30 years and was a foster parent to more than 60 children over 13 years. He is now an adoptive parent and his “fluid family” includes 13 children and 18 grandchildren.